Martinez, ranch manager at Buck n' Boar Outfitters in
Grapeland, Texas, sent me an email before the season
began and said that he wanted to do something to give a
young hunter an opportunity to hunt at their day lease
sometime during the bow season, and asked me if I would
help. He wanted to give the doe only hunt
away to a young hunter through TexasBowhunter.com.
We talked on the phone and came up with some ideas and
parameters for the hunt and then posted the details on
the discussion forum on the site. Young hunters,
age sixteen or under, registered for a drawing by
entering their information within the discussion.
We had several enthusiastic young bowhunters that
registered, hoping to win the opportunity to join us on
this unique hunt.
Not wanting to let Leo have all the fun,
I contacted Robert Rutledge at Brush Country Camouflage
and asked him if he would like to provide a new
camouflage cap for the winner of the hunt. Robert
was so so enthusiastic about the idea of promoting the
sport to the kids, that not only did he simply provide a
cap, he offered to
outfit the winner with a full set of Brush Country
Camouflage, including a shirt, pants, gloves and
We held the drawing on October 1, and
the winner of the hunt was chosen and announced on the
website. The winner was 12 year old Daniel Vann of
Danbury, Texas. Daniel's parents, Kavin and Debi
Vann, are regular contributors to the website, and I was
pleased to announce that their son was the winner.
They indicated that Daniel jumped up and down
enthusiastically when he learned that he was drawn
for the hunt! I had an opportunity to meet Kavin,
Debi and Daniel during our TexasBowhunter.com Group Live
Hunt at Aransas NWR.
This should be an exciting hunt, as
Daniel attempts to harvest his first animal with a
bow! Daniel will be joined by his dad and me as we
hope to capture his successful hunt on video so that you
can be a part of it through the Live Hunt! The
hunt begins on Saturday morning, so check in often for
I'd like to once again offer my thanks
to Leo Martinez and Buck n' Boar Outfitters for making
this hunt possible, as well as Robert Rutledge and Brush
Country Camouflage for their contribution to the
hunt! Getting our youth involved in bowhunting is
essential to preserving bowhunting for future
generations, and these fine folks have certainly done
their part to make it happen!